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  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall, Spring

    Award: AA, AAS, Certificate

    Average Class Size: 18

    Program Length: 9-60 Credits, 2-5 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Both

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online

    Course Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Durango, Mancos, Online

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  • Career Information
    The ECE program prepares you for a career in teaching children (birth to age 5). The program can also prepare you to become an Early Childhood Teacher or director in the field of Early Childhood Education. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in the care and well-being of young children, be free from evidence of physical and mental illness, and be free from personal conduct that may be injurious to children as stated in the Colorado Rules and Regulations for Child Care Centers, section 7.702.51.

    What Will I Learn
    This program prepares students to become a productive, caring and responsible teacher. Classes emphasize child development skills in the areas of language, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Classes also focus on cultural diversity among children. Students will become familiar with theories concerning child development and ECE, and will participate in many group discussions and hands-on activities that they can apply in the preschool classroom. Students will learn from qualified faculty members who believe in the success of each ECE student.

    Note: This program features three completion paths, each with different awards: 

    1. Students pursuing the AA degree in Early Childhood Education must complete 38 credits of General Education requirements, 16 credits of core requirements, and 6 credits of electives.

    2. Students pursuing the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education must complete 15 credits of General Education requirements, 39 credits of core requirements, and 6 credits of electives.

    3. Students pursuing a Certificate in Early Childhood Education also have four options: a 30 credit Director Certificate, an 18 credit Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, a 12 credit Infant Toddler Supervisor Certificate; and a 6 credit Early Childhood EntryLevel Certificate.


    Consult the Academic Catalog for full details on these options and their course requirements.

    Degree Transfer
    The AA degree transfers to the following Colorado Public Four-Year institutions of higher education: 

    • University of Colorado, Denver (B.A. Teaching, Learning, and Development - Early Childhood)
    • Adams State University (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with Elementary Education Licensure)
    • Colorado State University-Fort Collins (B.S. Early Childhood Education)
    • Fort Lewis College (B.A. Early Childhood Education)
    • Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.A. Early Childhood Education)
    • University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Early Childhood Teacher Education)

    Note: Students completing the AAS degree who are interested in transferring to a baccalaureate program in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education should refer to the Transfer Degree section of the Academic Catalog.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    The Early Childhood Education faculty is dedicated to facilitating an experiential learning environment that respects the diversity of each student, to teach to their learning style, and to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for an Early Childhood professional.

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